The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 8-13, 2023)

This past week Palestinians carried out two terrorist attacks. A vehicular ramming attack in the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem, which killed three Israeli civilians, two of them young brothers; the other was a stabbing attack south of Hebron. As usual, the Palestinian Authority (PA) did not condemn the. One rocket fired from the Gaza Strip at the Israeli communities. In response, Israeli Air Force aircraft attacked a Hamas facility. A Hamas delegation headed by Isma'il Haniyehrecently visited Cairo to participate in Egyptian efforts to achieve regional calm. PIJ leader Ziyad al-Nakhalah was chosen to head the organization for another four years. The Palestinian leadership continued activities in Arab and international venues to delegitimize the Israeli government.
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The killing of five terrorists in Jericho indicates the expansion of the organizations’ areas of operation

On February 4, 2023, IDF forces entered the Aqabat Jabr refugee camp near Jericho to detain the Palestinians who shot at the restaurant. The forces met with violent opposition, riots and gunfire. The wanted terrorists were not found .Two days laterIDF forces entered the Aqabat Jabr refugee camp again. A gunfight developed during which five Palestinians were killed, including the two who had shot at the restaurant . The security force was atypical because until now the Jericho area was known as relatively quiet. The activity exposed a new local network which subordinate to the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military-terrorist wing
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (February 1-7, 2023)

This past week Palestinian terrorists carried out three attacks in Judea and Samaria two IDF soldiers injured. Israeli security forces continued counterterrorism activity, concentrating their efforts in the Aqabat Jabr refugee camp near Jericho. During the two-day activity five Hamas terrorist operatives were killed; two of them had been involved in the shooting attack at the Almog Junction (January 28, 2023). 11 rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip. The Palestinians claimed they were a reaction to the measures taken by the Israeli prison service against women prisoners in Israeli jails who celebrated when seven Israelis were killed in Neve Yaakov in Jerusalem.
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Palestinian reactions to the two deadly shooting attacks in Jerusalem

On Friday night, January 27, 2023, a Palestinian terrorist carried out a shooting attack in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood in northern Jerusalem, killing seven civilians and wounding three. On the morning of January 28, 2023, a Palestinian boy carried out a shooting attack in the Silwan neighborhood in east Jerusalem, wounding a father and son. Israeli security sources assume both attack were inspired by recent events in Jenin. So far the PA has not condemned either attack. On January 28, 2023, Mahmoud Abbas called an emergency meeting of the Palestinian leadership, after which an announcement was issued placing responsibility for the attacks on Israel's "escalation.
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Spotlight on Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (January 25-31, 2023)

This past week there was a sharp rise in the number of terrorist attacks and casualties, as well as in the number of rocks, Molotov cocktails and bottles of paint thrown at Israeli vehicles driving on the roads in Judea and Samaria. Six terrorist attacks were carried out, killing seven civilians and wounding five. Ten Palestinians were killed in Israeli security force counterterrorism activities in the Jenin refugee camp. Most of them were Palestinian terrorist operatives. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in the Gaza Strip fired five rockets at Israel to avenge the Israeli activity in Jenin.
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Rise in tension and Palestinian reactions to the Israeli security force counterterrorism activities in the Jenin refugee camp

On the morning of January 26, 2023 Israeli security forces entered the Jenin refugee camp to detain wanted PIJ terrorist operatives who had been involved in shooting at Israeli soldiers and who planned to carry out a showcase terrorist attack in the near future. During the activity the forces were attacked by massive gunfire, and returned fire. Nine Palestinians were killed, three of them PIJ terrorist operatives; a fourth died two days later. The events received extensive Palestinian and global media coverage. Most of the coverage referred to the Israeli activity as a "slaughter." On January 27, 2023, the PIJ fired five rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip. No casualties or damage were reported. The number of Palestinian casualties was unusually high caused by the level of the threat against the forces on the ground and not the result of a change in IDF policy.
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